What to do ifI received a medical billing 3 years late?

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What to do ifI received a medical billing 3 years late?

My wife went to a psychiatrist 3 years ago. I’m sure we paid the $965 bill. There were 19 appointments. The first the letter is addressed not to me or my wife but “to our patients”. This tells me their billing is screwed up and they’re just throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks. So bottom line here is what is the maximum length of time a company has to bill me?

Asked on August 25, 2011 Washington

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

A company in this country can continue billing a customer or patient for years after the last appointment for services or last purchase of an item in an attempt to obtain payment.

The issue that you seem to be asking is what is the statute of limitations for a business to bring a legal action for services rendered or an item sold that has not been allegedly paid.

Each state has different time periods to bring an action under different theories of liability called "causes of action." Typically a breach of an oral contract has a two year statute of limitations. A breach of a written contract has typically a four year statute of limitations. A common count cause of action for services rendered may have a two or four year statute of limitations in general.

All of the above time limitations depens upon the laws of the state where the lawsuit accrues and the time typically starts running from when the obligation is owed.


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